Angels are very real—and very active, both in the heavens and on the earth
We humans are an interesting breed. Blessed as we are with a natural curiosity, we have plumbed the depths of the earth and sent satellites millions of miles into space. Continue »
In the following selections from his general audiences and addresses, Pope Francis offers encouragement, practical advice, and wisdom to the modern family. Continue »
I caught the missionary zeal of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis’ message at the canonization of Junípero Serra was clear: go forward and proclaim the joy of the Gospel. Continue »
Few public figures in modern times have grasped the imagination of the world as Pope Francis has. His charm, his sincerity, and his ability to express profound concepts in a down-to-earth way have won him the respect and attention of millions. Continue »
Words of Joy and Life
The following selections draw upon the rich vein of wisdom the pope has offered—in his writings and homilies—to the modern family, including those engaged to be married, husbands and wives, parents, grandparents, young people, and children. Continue »
What Jesus’ victory means for each and every one of us.
I was born on September 14, the Feast of the Triumph (or Exaltation) of the Cross. Perhaps this is what drew me to reflect on the cross from an early age. Continue »
We have a wonderful dignity in Christ
"I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul. For he has clothed me with a robe of salvation, and wrapped me in a mantle of justice." (Isaiah 61:10) Continue »
God sends the heat of his love to purify and transform us.
The seven hundred acres of fields on the ranch providing feed for cattle and horses were a challenge for plow and sower and reaper. And if one of those machines broke down during the window offered by the season, it could mean losing a crop. Continue »
Every year on August 6, the church celebrates one of the most dramatic moments in the gospel, when Jesus’ first followers are given a glimpse of his heavenly glory. Continue »
We can do whatever God asks of us because Jesus has given us his divine strength.
One of the most promising—and intriguing—passages in the New Testament is this: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Continue »
As the years go by, I become more and more awed by the gifts that God has given to so many of us all over the world. He gave them to teach, to strengthen, to heal, and to equip us for the building up of the body of Christ. Continue »
Confession is a new beginning, a fresh chance at life.
The fruits of Confession are manifold and profound. We experience them primarily in the order of grace. Sometimes we notice an immediate improvement in our prayer. Sometimes we sense renewed strength in our moral struggles—against gossip, say, or a negative attitude, or a critical spirit. Continue »
Practical Advice on Caring for a Dying Loved One
In the course of the next five years, many of us will experience the loss of a loved one. Maybe our parents are getting up in years. We may lose our husband or wife. Perhaps a close friend will become seriously ill. Continue »
Experience the Holy Spirit
Have you ever noticed the vast difference that can exist between understanding something intellectually and experiencing it personally? Before his death, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, but his disciples had little understanding of what he meant until the Spirit fell on them in power on Pentecost. Continue »
How does Mary mediate life to us? First, she brings Jesus to us. Let’s look at the visitation of Mary to her aged cousin, Elizabeth. Continue »